|Vasco da Gama|
|Ships:||Sailing (1 slot)|
Vasco da Gama, 1st Count of Vidigueira (1460s – 24 December 1524), was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. His initial voyage to India (1497–1499) was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and therefore, the West and the Orient.
Da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India was significant and opened the way for an age of global imperialism and for the Portuguese to establish a long-lasting colonial empire in Asia. Traveling the ocean route allowed the Portuguese to avoid sailing across the highly disputed Mediterranean and traversing the dangerous Arabian Peninsula. (Source: Wikipedia)
To read more about Vasco's journey in Seaport, check his storylines.
|Vasco da Gama|
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Sailing (1 slot)
|1||Olá, meu amigo!|
Have a glass of wine and take a seat. As you’ve heard, our king’s highest wish is to break into the world of spice trade. Are you in? Then grab your cash and join me!
|2||More is more!|
It will be a long cruise and one ship won’t be enough. Two ships? That’s for amateurs! Three ships sound reasonable but we can do better. We need to build at least 4!
|3||Join me for a meal|
Fishing is not really my thing and I guess yours neither. We need fishermen to join our crew so I’ve arranged a little dinner with them. Don’t forget to suit up!
|4||... got change?|
That was a fancy meal, wasn’t it? Oh no, I seem to have forgotten my money at home, could you lend me some? I’ll pay it off right away, I promise.
|5||It’s a done deal!|
Great news amigo! Fishermen are thrilled to join us but they have one condition - the king’s cooks will have to use exclusively their catchings. Sounds fair, right?
I’ve heard that you’re friends with Mr. Columbus, why haven’t you told me? That’s wonderful news! Visit him and bring some cocoa. It might come in handy later.
|7||Bring the crew!|
Even the best ship is worthless without a skillful crew. We need the best navigators, sailors and translators in the whole kingdom so choose wisely and pay them well.
|8||Let them eat cake|
Or a steak! Make sure the chefs have a fully equipped kitchen. Can you imagine eating only boiled meat all the time? Disgusting! Each ship needs a nice stone oven.
|9||Beware the waves!|
No great voyage has ever been made without a single scratch. Hope for the best - prepare for the worst! Don’t forget to load up materials for reparations.
|10||Before we leave...|
We need to have one last dinner with our king. This time, it’s on us so we have to make an effort. If you’d like to ask him anything, do it now or never!
The big day has come. Please, do me a favor and pay the last harbor fees. Oh, and just so you know - our first stop is in Africa.
|12||Land on the horizon!|
I’ve just checked the cocoa from Mr. Columbus and I must say that he used to be more generous. Luckily, there’s Africa on the horizon so we can debark and get some more.
|13||Can you believe it?|
We’re sweating in Africa while it’s Christmas in Portugal! Look, I’ve made you a belt as a gift. No, it’s not a sailing rope you silly! What will you give me in return?
|14||Touch ups needed!|
If only our king were more generous with the wood. The ships need a bit of repair work so go and get some wood before we leave.
|15||A few weeks later...|
What is this place? I’m afraid that my navigation skills have failed! Don’t tell anyone or I’ll be the first man overboard. Let’s pretend we’re trading iron with sultan.
We have successfully managed to offend the sultan with our poor metal exchange offer. Lesson learned, we'd better focus on coins. The locals are furious, let's get away!
|17||India is near!|
Let’s try not to insult the local citizens this time. Bring these lovely people on board and tell the chefs to prepare the best meals Portugal can offer!
|18||Dinner's nice but...|
We don’t have any gift for the Indian king! I’m afraid I’ll have to use my craft skills again. Bring me wood and I’ll figure something out.
|19||King’s not impressed|
Well, my wooden decoration isn’t very appealing. At least, the king seems to be amused, don’t you think? Or... maybe not. A handful of gold will surely be more appropriate.
|20||Spice would be nice|
Let’s not forget why we came here! Take all the cocoa and trade it for spices our king has never tasted before. I’m sure your devoted service will be generously rewarded.